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Nathan Lane to return to 'The Nance' after injury

Thursday - 7/25/2013, 7:34pm  ET

This theater publicity image released by Lincoln Center Theater shows Nathan Lane in "The Nance," performing at the Lyceum Theatre in New York. Lane injured his leg during a performance of “The Nance” and had to pull out of the show, leaving it unclear if he will make it onstage for Thursday’s show. According to a spokeswoman for the play, Lane hurt himself Wednesday night and was unable to finish the show. His understudy went on instead. (AP Photo/Lincoln Center Theater, Joan Marcus)

MARK KENNEDY
AP Drama Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- A spokeswoman for "The Nance" says star Nathan Lane will return to the Broadway play Thursday after injuring his leg during Wednesday's performance.

Lane was unable to finish Wednesday night after the Tony Award-winner's leg was injured by the play's revolving set. Two and a half hours before he was due to go on Thursday, the spokeswoman said he would be back.

In Douglas Carter Beane's play, Lane plays a "nance" -- a show business term for a stereotypically camp homosexual man -- who is struggling both with his own identity and frustration at society's hypocrisy toward homosexuality.

Lane, a Tony winner for "The Producers" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," was nominated as best actor this year for "The Nance."


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